Research by cooking appliance company Crock-Pot has revealed that around 7.9 million Australians prefer home-cooked meals over dining out.

The research found that 68% of Australians prefer to have dinner at home every week night and 52% opt for eating in on weekends.

Almost 72% of the population said that they are making an effort to eat meals as a family, while four in five (around 80%) stated they still have a Sunday roast with family.

Around 54% of respondents agreed that they have below average cooking skills, while 67% are seeking new cooking methods and 41% are dining at home more than five to ten years ago.

“Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisines have seen the biggest increase in consumption impacted by dietary trends.”

The study also noted that 43% of respondents are making healthy food choices, noting health as the main factor for redirecting lifestyle habits due to increasing health concerns.

According to the study, fried food consumption has declined by 8%, while consumption of grains has increased by 15%, salads by 8% and steamed food consumption by 12%.

Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisines have seen the biggest increase in consumption impacted by dietary trends.

The study also stated that around 48% of Australians want to cook at home but do not have the time.

Around 54% of Australians agreed that they are inspired from TV shows such as MasterChef and 42% agreed they feel more pressure to cook impressive meals.

The Crock-Pot study also identified that 96% of Australians are encouraged to prepare a meal when they see it on social media and 12% are posting their home-cooked creations on social media.